I recently joined the editorial board of Journalistica, the Danish journal for journalism studies. One of my first actions as editor has been to suggest a theme issue of the journal about the business models of journalism – a suggestion which my fellow editors agreed upon. This theme issue will relate to some of the most important questions in current news production – most importantly, how journalism is financed, and how it will be so in the future. These are questions that was addressed on the “New business models for the news industry” seminar, which I arranged on the University of Copenhagen last November, and now this theme issue will be an interesting venue for continuing this work; and hopefully so with a broad range of fellow researchers.
Topics of interest for the theme issue include (but are not limited to):
- Institutional changes in the news market
- Ownership and its consequences
- Public and private subsidies to news media
- Google, Facebook, and other new, commercial actors in the news business
- Payment models for online news
- Free news and changes in news consumption
- Audience segmentation
- The economy of journalistic start-ups, blogs, websites with niche news, etc.
- Commercialization of news values
We currently have some problems with the journal’s website, but here, you can read the full CfP (English version). Deadline for submissions is May 1, and publication is scheduled for December 2013. Contributions may be in Scandinavian languages (Danish, Norwegian, or Swedish) or English and should not exceed 35,000 keystrokes.
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